During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Regional or subregional
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest outstanding country visit request >
SR on human rights defenders, 2011
Received Sub-Committee visit
Namibia tabled voluntary pledges and commitments in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2014-2016 on 11 October 2013. Namibia made a number of concrete pledges and commitments at both international and national levels.
At international level, Namibia pledged to: participate actively in the UPR process; promote the mainstreaming of human rights; support initiatives designed to combat maternal and infant malnutrition; and cooperate fully with the mechanisms of the Council, including the Special Procedures, by promptly responding to communications and facilitating requests for country visits.
Domestically, Namibia made commitments to provide human rights education and training; as well as to implement the recommendations arising from the UPR.
An analysis of steps taken by Namibia in fulfilment of its international level pledges shows that Namibia participated in only 12% of interactive dialogues, 12% of general debates and 32% of panel discussions. Namibia has accepted 3 out of 5 Special Procedures visit requests, but has responded to only 1 of the 4 communications received. Namibia is Party to most of the core human rights conventions, but tends to submit its periodic reports late (its report to the Human Rights Committee is over six years late). It participated in the UPR process at ministerial level, and tabled a mid-term report on implementation.